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Harvey A Feit

Harvey A Feit

Harvey A Feit


Professor Emeritus

Emeriti Faculty


Interests: Relational ontologies, co-governance, political and narrative ecology, globalization and Indigeniety, ethnography, colonial representations, non-state conservation, social and environmental movements, hunting societies, applying anthropology, history of anthropology, Indigenous rights, Quebec and Canada.

Current Research: My current research examines ontologies of James Bay Cree, in which nature and society are integrated in a world of persons and networks of connection. I explore how these worlds are related to specific forms of political and cultural practices in Cree struggles and negotiations with development projects, nation states and relations to non-Natives.


  • PhD McGill, 1979




2010 "Neo-liberal Governance and James Bay Cree Governance: Negotiated Agreements, Oppositional Struggles, and Co-Governance." In Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy. Mario Blaser, et al., eds. Vancouver: UBC Press. Pp. 49-79.

2010 "Le peuple cri de la baie James parle aux gouvernments: dèveloppement, gouvernance et co-gouvernance." In Les Inuit et les Cris du Nord du Québec -- Territoire, Gouvernance, Société et Culture. Jacques-Guy Petit, et al., eds. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. Pp. 119-132.

2009 "Governmental Rationalities and Indigenous Co-Governance: James Bay Cree Co-Existence, from Mercantilist Partnerships to Neoliberal Mechanisms." In Unsettled Legitimacy: Political Community, Power, and Authority in a Global Era. Steven Berstein and William D. Coleman, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press. Pp. 97-128.

2009 "Histories of the Past, Histories of the Future: The Committed Anthropologies of Richard Slobodin, Frank G. Speck and Eleanor Leacock." In A Kindly Scrutiny of Human Nature: Essays in Honour of Richard Slobodin. Richard Preston, ed. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press. Pp. 45-76.

2007 "Myths of the Ecological Whitemen: Histories, Science, and Rights in North American - Native American Relations." In Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian, Michael E. Harkin and David Rich Lewis, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 52-92.

2005 Joseph Spaeder and Harvey A. Feit, eds. Co-management and Indigenous Communities: Barriers and Bridges to Decentralized Resource Management. A special issue of Anthropologica 47 (2): 147-288.

2005 "Re-Cognizing Co-Management as Co-Governance: Histories and Visions of Conservation at James Bay." Anthropologica. 47 (2): 267-288.

2004  In the Way of Development: Indigenous Peoples, Life Projects and Globalization. Mario Blaser, Harvey A. Feit and Glenn McRae, eds.  London and Ottawa: Zed Books, and the Canadian International Development Research Center.  384 pp. (Published on the WEB at: ).
2004 "James Bay Crees' Life Projects and Politics: Histories of Place, Animal Partners and Enduring Relationships" In Blaser, Feit and McRae, eds. (Above). pp. 92-110.


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